Report on Women's Interfaith Encounter Monday Nov 4
- Dear Friends,
After a beautiful Muslim prayer in Arabic by Nadia, twenty -two women -- 8
Christians, 8 Jews, and 6 Muslims spent a couple hours learning about the
Wedding Customs of the three religions. Everyone complained there was not
enough time to go over all the rituals and details from each religion --
the different practices were fascinating and we had lots of questions.
Tina shared about the customs of Lutheran Protestant Sweden where there is
a wide range of customs from the non-religious to the religious. Irene
brought three ketubot or wedding contracts to explain the essense of the
Jewish wedding ceremony. Safa gave examples of questions about wedding
customs that were asked of the prophet Mohammed. All three presentations
were very full of information that prompted lots of interfaith and
We broke into pairs to interview each other about how these customs
directly affect each of us in our own lives. Fachira said she enjoyed this
process because "When we share from our own experience, we share from the
In the evaluation sheets EVERYONE said they learned something new about
another religion. Over one half the women said they changed their opinion
about the teachings or people of other religions. Women's comments were
"interesting and informative", "successful", "excellent", "great topic for
learning about each other", "enjoyable", "gave me a window into another
Rose brought a delicious sweet "hariseh" which everyone enjoyed.
We decided our following meeting will be Monday Dec 2 which will be a
holiday celebration of Hanukah, Ramadan, and Christmas. Tuesday November
19, there will be a special meeting for some members to share the wisdom
from recent interfaith and inter-cultural trainings abroad in Rio, Chicago,
Following the success of our movie night last week, we decided to have a
video night at Wendy's home on Thursday, November 14th.
We should be very proud of all that we have achieved in this past year --
when so many other dialogue and peace-building groups are having trouble
meeting or have completely disbanded, it's always encouraging and
inspirational that we are able to continue and thrive in such an enjoyable
way in the midst of our difficult situation. We have much to celebrate
together. To all our Muslim friends -- Ramadan Karim.
Women's Interfaith Encounter
Interfaith Encounter Association
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Yehuda Stolov, Director
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